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Time- And Cost-Effective Strategies

  1. Do not order routine laboratory or imaging studies in children with suspected croup.
  2. The diagnosis of croup should be made clinically, and further investigations should be reserved for patients in which the diagnosis is unclear.
  3. Early treatment of mild disease with corticosteroids may prevent unnecessary or late presentations to the ED and reduce visits to primary care providers.
  4. The use of oral dexamethasone is recommended because it is less expensive than inhaled budesonide with no significant difference in clinical outcomes.
  5. Treating moderate cases of croup with oral corticosteroids and nebulized epinephrine may prevent hospital admissions. Children should be observed at least 2 hours after the last administration of nebulized epinephrine, and, if symptoms of croup do not reappear, they may be safely discharged home.

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